Is it safe?
Acupuncture is very safe, with minimal to no negative effects when performed by a trained individual. Mild bleeding or bruising at the acupuncture points is generally the only negative effect. Certain acupuncture points are avoided in pregnant or very weak or debilitated animals and direct placement of needles into tumors or masses are avoided.
How will my pet react?
Most pets do not mind placement of the needles and actually relax and enjoy their treatments. Some acupuncture points may be more sensitive than others, however, this is usually short lived and does not interfere with completion of the treatment. Pets may choose to walk around during their treatment, however most lie comfortably and rest. Needles remain in place for about 15-20 minutes and owners are always with their pet during the treatment.
How many treatments will my pet need?
Special acupuncture techniques, such as eletro-acupuncture or aqua-puncture may be utilized in your pet’s treatment plan for maximal benefit and effectiveness. Most patients require 3 treatments, 1-2 weeks apart initially to have the best response. The frequency of treatments thereafter is based on your pet’s condition and response, ranging from once every 4-6 weeks to a few times a year. A specific treatment plan will always be tailored to your pet and family’s specific needs.